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Witness to Sgt. Prunty's murder speaks

Posted: Updated: Nov 23, 2010 03:33 PM CST

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The convenience store clerk that witnessed the shooting death of Shreveport Police Department's Sgt. Tim Prunty said she thinks the crime was unfair.

Carey Sonnier of Shreveport worked the overnight or graveyard shift at the Circle K store on Bert Kouns and Dean Rd. She told KSLA News 12 when Prunty found out she was working the dangerous shift, he promised to stop by each night. In the week before his death, Prunty stopped to check with Sonnier. Sonnier said the two became friends in these nightly visits.

Early Sunday morning, Sonnier says Prunty arrived later than usual. 

"I told him you're late and he laughed. I was taking some trash out and sat it down in the doorway. He leaned against his car to talk," she said.

Sonnier said they heard a loud muffler and saw a red Camaro pull into a parking spot about 10 feet away.

"I said hello because I thought he was a customer," Sonnier recalled.

She said the man was expressionless as he pulled a gun and fired multiple rounds into Sgt. Prunty. Sonnier ran to get help when she found another officer and described the car and man to the officer. Police found the car and the man they say committed the crime near Pines Road about 45 minutes later. Police say Christopher Cope is the man responsible.

Sonnier told KSLA News 12 she will be returning to work Thursday.

"I'm going to try to be as brave as he [Prunty] was when it was happening," she said.


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